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Barbara Alsop 
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Re: “UVM Student Announces Burlington City Council Run

I had the chance to meet Carter last weekend at the Progressive Convention in Montpelier, where a lively discussion was had. He's a very thoughtful, engaged young man who has much to offer the staid people of Burlington on the council. It's never to early to start getting involved in the political process, and young blood is needed in pointing the way to the future, where we are all, willy-nilly, headed.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/17/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Tucows, KBTL Can't Agree on Burlington Telecom Ownership Plan

I am sad to hear this news. It would have been a marvelous opportunity to allow such divergent models to co-exisst and would have given a lot of people hope that the financial future of the world is not so bleak after all. It is not to be, apparently, and so the mayhem will continue.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/10/2017 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Virginia Candidates Win Office With Help From Vermont Group

Vermont Patriot clearly didn't pay attention to who won races in Virginia Tuesday night. Included were a socialist who beat the incumbent Republican Whip and a transgender woman who beat good ol' boy "Bathroom Bob" who fulminated long and hard against the transgendered and pushed for bathroom rules to make life difficult, if not impossible, for them. Now, the transgender win might be poetic justice, but a socialist winning in what was considered a safe Red seat was really not the expected outcome. Neither was the fact that the Democrats would pick up enough seats to run the redistricting that will come as a result of the 2020 census. So keep up the good work at being underinformed, Mr. Patriot.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Walters: Keith Ellison Energizes Democrats

Keith Ellison is a cool dude who gets it. Which is why he, and not Perez, should be chair of the Democratic party. The big battle to prevent that shows that the party has not learned what it should have from the last election. It's no skin off my back, since I'm a Prog, but the Dems always want money from us and they aren't doing much to convince me that they deserve it. I'll give to Progs, and progressive causes but not the Democrats until they return to the party of FDR and Tip O'Neill. The neo-liberals have had full sway since Bill Clinton was elected, and his "triangulating" turned off a lot of us. Bill welcomed in Wall Street and the lobbyists, and Tom Perez dumped most of the Bernie supporters off the Executive Committee to make room for lobbyists. Not a move calculated to endear it to those of us who felt disenfranchised last year. When Jim Zogby and the others are returned to the Executive Committee and the lobbyists are shown the door, I'll think of supporting Democrats again.

But the lobbyists are a sure sign that Perez is as bought and paid for as the Clintons and their crowd. Progressives need not apply.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/10/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Few Vermont Inmates Receive Heralded New Addiction Treatment

DOC doesn't seem able to help itself let alone the people under its charge. Good grief, it's been two years and only 11 people have gotten the drug??? And how many have died within weeks of discharge? That would be a useful number to learn in light of the Department's failure to do its job. In fact the families of the dead parolees might well want to question whether the Department has been doing its job. It's relying on its counselors to do the work and we all know they are vastly overworked and probably underpaid. Given that Shummy made this a state emergency in his State of the State address a few years back, you'd think that might light a fire in someone's head at the Department. Or don't they have any?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/10/2017 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Saint Michael's Basketball Players Take a Knee Before UVM Game

I see Donna is up to her usual racist blather and others clearly don't understand the First Amendment. Taking a knee AKA kneeling is frequently seen as a sign of respect. Note that the players had their arms joined in fellowship, also a good thing. Notice also the number of black people who were doing nothing wrong who have been shot and killed by the police, sometimes on camera. Notice that the cops are not convicted of these killings, frequently not even charged. I, for one, am delighted that athletes continue to speak out against the injustices their communities and the communities of their fellow athletes suffer. Until those unwoke folk who think this is about the military and the flag understand, this needs to go on. We figured this out in the '60s over civil rights and the Vietnam war.

25 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/09/2017 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

I live in the South End, do not vote for Joan Shannon or Chip Mason, but contacted them both a few weeks before the the final vote. Chip Mason responded immediately, and we agreed to disagree. Joan Shannon did not reply until after her junket to Toronto, and was slightly less than politic in her reply to me. I don't trust her or agree with her as far as I could throw her. That she is a shill for Miro I don't doubt, as are several on the council. I disapprove of much of what Miro has done, and am skeptical about anyone who kowtows to his leadership.

I am sorry that this process has reached such acrimonious levels. I hope KBTL and Ting can reach an agreement, as they were my first and second choices (in that order) of the final three (which would have been a final four if a certain person hadn't made what I consider to be highly unethical communications to #4). If we go to a new vote with four participants, I don't believe any party will get a majority of the votes, and I suspect we will have a tie for the second place bidder. That possibility was not considered in setting the rules and I fancy it will cause more acrimony and spitting before it is resolved.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 11/09/2017 at 11:31 PM

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